Walking

Walking

Summer star gazing walk in the Teign Valley

Walking

Perfect for families and anyone unfamiliar with astronomy, this walk will introduce you to star gazing in the tranquillity of the Teign Valley, near Castle Drogo.

On a clear night see some 4,000 stars sparkling in our universe

The open skies are a magical location for star gazing and wildlife spotting. Make sure you print off a copy of our summer star gazing guide to take with you on your way.

Visitors looking up at the starry night sky

Map

Map route for summer star gazing walk in the Teign Valley

Start:

National Trust Car Park, Castle Drogo, grid ref: SX724902

1

Start in the car park and walk out of the car park back to the drive.

2

Turn left and follow the drive until you reach a sign to Hunters Path. At dusk, while you wait for the stars to be fully visible, keep an eye out for bats as they come out, to hunt and swoop through the valley in search of moths and other insects.

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3

Turning right, follow the path through the trees until you emerge onto a grassy area. Star gazing spot 1 - there are good views of the night sky here, looking west.

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Visitors enjoying one of Bristol Astronomical Society's stargazing evenings at Tyntesfield, Somerset

4

As you emerge on to the grassy area follow the path bearing left across the grass. Follow the path up the slope and past the trees to Piddledown Common. Star gazing spot 2 lay a blanket on the ground at Piddledown Common and take in the excellent views of the wide open sky. It has stunning views across the high moors by day.

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5

Return to the car park along the same route. Why not return during the daytime to try one of the excellent walks through the wooded Teign Valley? Follow the fast flowing River Teign as it tumbles down from Dartmoor.

End:

National Trust Car Park, Castle Drogo, grid ref: SX724902

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Summer star gazing walk in the Teign Valley

Terrain

Flat with grass and stony paths, and one slope. There are two star gazing spots, ¼ mile (0.6km) and ½ mile (0.8km) from the car park. Please be aware of trip hazards in the dark. Choose a clear night, and take binoculars and a torch to follow in Galileo Galileis footsteps...

Don't forget to print off a copy of our star gazing guide to take with you on your trail.

Summer star gazing walk in the Teign Valley

Contact us

Summer star gazing walk in the Teign Valley

How to get here

Address
Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, South Devon EX6 6PB
By train

Yeoford station 8 miles (12.8km).

By road

5 miles (8km) south of A30 Exeter to Okehampton. Take the A382 Whiddon Down-Moretonhampstead road; turn off at Sandy Park. Follow the brown National Trust signs to Castle Drogo.

By bus

Devon Dartline No. 173 – Exeter to Moretonhampstead, Mon to Sat, passing Exeter Central railway station.

Summer star gazing walk in the Teign Valley

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome on leads